PAL and NTSC are two different color encoding systems and are incompatible. To play PAL DVDs on NTSC devices, you need to convert PAL to NTSC. In this article, we will explain in detail how to convert PAL DVD to NTSC format. Please read on.

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Michelle Michelle | Updated on Mar 1, 2024

Understanding PAL and NTSC

PAL and NTSC are both the mainstream analog color television standards. PAL is widely used in much of Europe, Australia, and much of Africa and Asia, while NTSC is used in North America, Japan, and South Korea.

PAL stands for Phase Alternating Line. It uses a frame rate of 25 fps and an aspect ratio of 720x576, with the signal running at 50 Hz. NTSC is the abbreviation for National Television Standards Committee. It has a frame rate of 30 fps and an aspect ratio of 720x480, and it is done on a signal with a frequency of 60 Hz. These differences make PAL and NTSC incompatible with each other. For example, if you are playing a PAL source on an NTSC device, you will most likely get a black and white output image. You may also experience images scrolling up and down the screen due to different signal frequencies. The only way to resolve this issue is to change the PAL to NTSC format.

Note: While NTSC players do not support PAL sources, most PAL devices can play NTSC videos, and you don’t need to convert NTSC to PAL in this situation.

PAL to NTSC Converter

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How to Convert PAL DVD to NTSC?

Converting a PAL DVD to NTSC makes it playable on NTSC devices. For this we can use a PAL to NTSC video converter (e.g.WonderFox DVD Video Converter) and (optional) a DVD burner (e.g. DVDStyler). Just follow the steps below to convert PAL to NTSC.

Step 1. Download the PAL DVD to NTSC Video Converter

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Step 2. Load DVD into the Software

Insert the DVD into your computer’s DVD drive. Then launch the PAL to NTSC converter software and click Load DVD to import DVD video.

Step 3. Choose NTSC Format and Convert the DVD

Open the output format page on the right side of the program. Then, navigate to the Video format section and choose VOB as the output format.

Click Settings at the lower-right of the program interface to open the output settings. In the Advanced option, change the Norm to “NTSC”.

Convert PAL DVD to NTSC Video

Finally, click the... button to select the output folder and press Run to start ripping PAL DVD to NTSC video.

Step 4. Burn DVD (Optional)

If you want to play NTSC videos on a standalone DVD player, you'll need to burn the videos to a disc. Start by inserting a blank disc into your DVD drive. Then download and run DVDStyler.
Next, create a new project based on the disc information and select the correct video format and aspect ratio for NTSC DVD. Then click OK.
Select a DVD menu template. Then press OK.
On the left panel, click File Browser and find the location where you saved the NTSC video. Next, drag the video into the Titleset Manager below.
Edit the menu and title as needed.
Press the Burn button to burn the video to NTSC DVD.

For more details, you can check how to burn a DVD with DVDStyler.

How to Transfer PAL to NTSC Signal?

You can also change PAL to NTSC format using a PAL to NTSC converter, which converts the PAL signal to NTSC before sending it to the monitor. Products like this are easy to find on Amazon and other shopping sites. Once you get such a PAL and NTSC converter, just connect your PAL video and NTSC devices to the converter via a CRA cable. If your budget allows, you can also look for a multi-region DVD player with NTSC signal output, which can help you play PAL DVDs on your NTSC TV or device.

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Wrapping Up

Changing the PAL signal to NTSC output with a PAL to NTSC converter is the most direct way to watch a PAL source on NTSC device. But converting PAL to NTSC video/DVD is more recommended. Though the process will be a little complex, it is doable and cost-effective.

That’s all I want to share about how to convert PAL to NTSC. I hope you’ll find this article helpful. Thanks for reading.

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